Bulgarian police target pothole tyre puncturers
Bulgarian traffic police are making renewed efforts to tackle the reckless puncturing of tyres caused by criminals placing spikes in potholes. Police sources said that the recent examples have been deliberated set up to cause rapid deflations or blow-outs. According to the Sofia news agency, which cited private TV channel bTV, the tip-off to this crime was given by a Polish family, who complained to traffic authorities after narrowly escaping a serious car crash.
The metal spikes were found in a pothole on the Bulgarian capital city’s Sofia ring road, near the Obelya residential district, with traffic patrols confirming that they have now cleared this section of the road of. According to the reports, on 2 July a total of eight vehicles experienced accidents linked to the pothole puncturer. That day heavy rain caused potholes to fill with water, hiding the sharp metal hazards from view.
Suspicions first fell on some of the nearby roadside assistance companies and a tyre service centre. However, there has been no confirmation of these reports. So far there have been no reports of charges associated with this case.